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01-02-2013, 03:45 PM
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Originally Posted by jigglysquishy View Post
I think its a given that in any year the best player in the world is an NHL player. But is there a year where that was not the case?

I think its fair to say that from at least the mid 20s until the mid 70s the best player was an NHL player unquestionably.

From there on out it gets a little more interesting.

Is there a year in the late 70s where a Russian (Fetisov, Tretiak, Kharlamov) could be considered the best player?

How about earlier with Howe and Hull in the WHA?

From 1980 onwards its pretty much a Gretzky, Jagr, Lemieux and Hasek show until at least 2002.

2004-05 is certainly a year due to lockout. St. Louis? Jagr? Thornton?

Can an argument be made that Lemieux was the best player in the world in 98 even though he wasn't in the NHL?

I know a lot of people considered Tretiak the best goalie in the world leading up to the Miracle on Ice and shortly thereafter.

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